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The Defending Majority

— Leading with embattled Rep. Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, the Financial Times looks at how moderate Republicans are an increasingly endangered breed in Congress.  Losses by Johnson and her like-minded colleagues in the Northeast and elsewhere could cause "an ideological shift akin to the decline of the Democratic party in the south." 

Former Sen. John Danforth (R), who's promoting a new book, is telling audiences that the "potency of the Christian right in the Republican Party is limited" and "that the political center has a future."  An ordained Episcopal priest, Danforth in his book "describes religion as a divisive force in the United States today and accuses the religious right and its political supporters of creating a sectarian party."  His critics note that he served in the Senate when Democrats held the majority.